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Kang Dong Won apologizes for controversy with his pro-Japanese ancestral history

By jennywill   Monday, March 6, 2017   20,045   827   62



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Kang Dong Won apologized for his pro-Japanese ancestry.

His family history had become an issue lately, and matters with Japanese colonization and their treatment of Koreans are a very sensitive issue in Korea. YG Entertainment had apologized for trying to cover up his history, and Kang Dong Won himself has now issued an official apology.


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He wrote,

Hello. This is Kang Dong Won.
First of all, let me apologize with my head bowed by creating trouble with my maternal great-grandfather. 
From when I was a little child, I grew up hearing only good things about my great-grandfather. My maternal grandmother was a child of an independence patriot, so I accepted the good things about my maternal great-grand grandfather naturally. During my interview in 2007, I did not fully understand his wrongdoings. I apologize deeply once again.
This situation was chaotic, and I was shocked. It was also a matter of family history, so I had to fully understand the issue, and I had to look at the data.
I apologize to everyone for the immature way I handled things. I also apologize for the lack of a quick response. 
Before I am an actor, I am a citizen of South Korea, and I believe that wrongdoings in history must be righted, and those shameful moments should not be repeated. Because of this, I really am sincerely embarassed by this.
I agree that it is all my fault for not fully understanding the past, for creating a controversy due to my immature way of handling things, and for not giving my statement quickly. 
I have now learned my maternal great-grandfather's shameful past. I will study more about history through this incident and reflect. I will look for things I can do even if they are little. 
I once again apologize to everyone that I concerned with this.

What do you think about the situation?

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intricate Tuesday, March 7, 2017

1: what did his ancestor do specifically? 2: the issue has been resolved a long time ago. It has nothing to do with him anymore, other than him being a descendant.

datboiiiii intricate Tuesday, March 7, 2017

his ancestor was pro-japanese and help initiate the "comfort women" movement in korea (a very sensitive and controversial topic over there) where korean women became sex slaves for the japanese.

intricate datboiiiii Tuesday, March 7, 2017

members of the entire korean government had pro-japanese ancestors or are even pro-japanese themselves. Was this guy's great-grandfather specifically involved with the comfort women? Do you have any sources?

lokasunder datboiiiii Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The fact is his great grandfather had pro-Japanese behaviors but did not create nor maintain comfort women house.

intricate lokasunder Tuesday, March 7, 2017

do you have any idea what exactly it is he did, if it's not operating a house of comfort women?

lokasunder intricate Tuesday, March 7, 2017

From the mid 1930s onwards, Lee Jong Man sent exquisite war items to the Japanese troups. He carried out activities under a prominent pro-Japanese organization. He contributed to the war and also donated monetary contributions to the Japanese army.

intricate lokasunder Tuesday, March 7, 2017

thanks! so i guess his most serious offense is simply collaborating (to a rather great extent), and nothing else.

k_kid intricate Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Being pro-Japan, he pretty much wanted Korea to be assimilated into Japan and basically erase Korea from the map.

intricate k_kid Tuesday, March 7, 2017

is that what he wanted or is that what you assume being "pro-Japanese" means? Because there's no indication for the former and the latter doesn't necessarily mean what you said.

k_kid intricate Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Japan's plan was to absorb Korea into Japanese society as the years went by so they can expand their economic power. If someone is pro-Japanese during this time, they're pretty much okay with that.

intricate k_kid Wednesday, March 8, 2017

yeah but you should realize this policy wasn't public knowledge at the time. People only saw how they weren't allowed to do anything related to their own culture anymore. They didn't know it was a systemic attempt to wipe out their culture. They were only told it was the way for them to be part of the Japanese empire, which in itself doesn't have to be bad (had the regime not been so malevolent).

ajul Monday, March 6, 2017

i guess ... being a celebrity whether idol ... actor ... in korea is very hard ... need to have a perfect life ... perfect past ... will it give you the perfect future? no idea ...

johwa Monday, March 6, 2017

..why apologize over something he had no control over.....!!!! ridiculous !!!....and tons of crap to all who are making him feel this way !!!!

k_kid johwa Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The netizens didn't care that he was related to him, they just didn't like the fact that he was praising such a negative person to Korea. Of course, this was said before Kang Dong Won said that he didn't know of his great-grandfather's history of being pro-Japanese.

doremi29 Monday, March 6, 2017

Should he apologize for something he can't choose?! He can't choose who will become his great grandfather when he was born. I know a lot of peoples, nations and countries (including mine) hurts because of what Japanese do in the past but sometimes you just need to let that go and don't make it such a big deal for someone who didn't directly involved.

k_kid doremi29 Tuesday, March 7, 2017

They didn't care that he was related to his great-grandfather. They didn't like the fact that he was praising and speaking highly of a negative person to Korea. But this was said before Kang Dong Won clarified that he didn't know of his great-grandfather's negative past.

melon Monday, March 6, 2017

I'm sorry but what? What does what his great grandfather or any of his ancestors wrong doing have anything to do with him? Did he have a choice? Did he participate in any of the wrong doing? If haters want to look at things that way, they might find out that somewhere along the line they share the same ancestors. So oops you guys are related in some way hundreds or thousands of years ago. So time to go shoot yourself.

k_kid melon Tuesday, March 7, 2017

It's like, *FOR EXAMPLE* IF you were praising Hitler for being a great leader but you legitimately didn't know about his wrongdoings. You'd get bashed for that. Kang Dong Won said in an interview in 2007 that his great grandfather was a great man and spoke very highly of him. So this is why he's getting bashed by netizens. Of course, netizens aren't going to know whether or not he knew about the negative history of his great-grandfather.

LordLiar18 Monday, March 6, 2017

Okay, i know the history is important but no need to recall all those everytime!! Why can't they move on? The new generation has nothing to do with all this mess!

takit Monday, March 6, 2017

Must the sins of your ancestors come to haunt the present? No, that was history , that was a time when it was each for themselves, family first then country, why are people making this such an issue, Koreans did a lot to survive the Japanese occupation, they did it for themselves and their families. Why should anyone revisit this on a young man? Why should he have to burden himself with the past, this is something that should not be revisited. He should be proud of his heritage warts and all, its his family. Koreans should not throw stone because they all did their part to survive the chaos. Kang Dong Won, should not be apologizing for his family it is too big a cross to bear, then the whole of Korea should be apologizing. The past is the past let it die. This young man did nothing wrong why should he defend his ancestors?

k_kid takit Tuesday, March 7, 2017

In an interview in 2007, he praised and spoke very highly of his great-grandfather this is why he's getting bashed by netizens. The netizens have said that they didn't care that he's connected to his great-grandfather by blood. They just didn't like the fact that he was praising such a man. But now, Kang Dong Won has clarified that he didn't know about the negative past of his great-grandfather when he praised him.

takit k_kid Tuesday, March 7, 2017

It does not matter he was blood, you praise whomever the heck you want. Koreans, look back into your history and you will find despicable family members. The netizens should not judge.

k_kid takit Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Of course you can praise who you want, but you have to be prepared to face criticism if that person has a negative history. Like how do you think my black friend would feel if I were to praise and speak highly of my family member who was a KKK member? Anyone can have a family member who did wrong in the past, but his great-grandfather was part of a group who wanted Korea to be assimilated into Japan and basically erase Korea from the map.

takit k_kid Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Personally, I would not care less. At least I knew where you stood, and I am biracial. No, his grandfather was part of a group of Koreans who were pro-Japanese and collaborated with Japan during the Japanese occupation in Korea. His great-grandfather Lee Jong Man gained immense wealth as he did mining business during the Japanese colonial period and was often dubbed as the ‘King of Gold Mining’. He had nothing to do with overthrowing Korea, mid you they were many Koreans involved, the got filthy rich.

k_kid takit Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Being pro-Japanese means that he was okay with Korea being assimilated into Japan and that was Japan's plan when they took over Korea. These guys from Chinilpa couldn't care less if Korea were to disappear from the map.

01000110_0101010 Monday, March 6, 2017

Wow they're still butthurt about the colonization, Taiwan was also colonized by Japan in the past and we don't cry about it everytime someone mentions Japan.

k_kid 01000110_0101010 Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Korea and Japan have had conflict for CENTURIES and it's always been Japan that has tried to take over Korea and wipe them off the map between the two. You got to understand, Korea has always been in the middle and suffered a lot because of both China and Japan throughout history. It's amazing how they've been able to survive as a country to this day after all of the invasions and take over attempts they've been through.

01000110_0101010 k_kid Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Oh right I completely forgot their centuries of rivalry, unlike Taiwan. Thanks for the explanation.

qnaug Monday, March 6, 2017

the winners get to write history, end of story

BigBlueagain Monday, March 6, 2017

I am so fucking tired of this hypocritical and unnecessary hate that Korea has for the Japanese. This is why there is no hallyu wave in Japan anymore. It's why the companies are going to start suffering now that China is banning Korean music. Stupid, stupid people.

bestrc BigBlueagain Monday, March 6, 2017

Nationalism may be ridiculous, but it's here to stay. And China and Japan are just as guilty as Korea of obsessing over their own historical narratives.

BigBlueagain bestrc Monday, March 6, 2017

China and Japan don't depend on Korea for commerce. China and Japan won't be the ones fronting aid when they finish shooting themselves in the foot.

bestrc BigBlueagain Monday, March 6, 2017

The public animosity between the 3 countries has actually never affected the major trade and corporate ties running the region. It's all more bark than bite. For example, K-entertainment in China represents such a minor fraction of bilateral trade - China only chose it as a THAAD target because it sends such a visible message to all of Asia.

BakaKaori BigBlueagain Monday, March 6, 2017

I'm confused by you saying there's no hallyu wave in Japan anymore. I'm currently living in Japan, and K-pop has a huge influence here. So many Korean groups tour here, and almost every Japanese woman I know loves Korean dramas.

BigBlueagain BakaKaori Monday, March 6, 2017

I'm talking Idol groups. Only the one's that have been there for a while seem to be able to make any bank.

k_kid BigBlueagain Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Well, the hate goes both ways you know. It's not a one-sided issue with Koreans solely hating on Japan. G Dragon just recently got criticized badly by Japanese fans just for posting up a woman holding up a Korean flag for Korean independence.

BakaKaori BigBlueagain Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I can't attest to how much they make, there are plenty of idols who tour and sell out shows from older groups like Big Bang to newer groups like Ikon and Seventeen. The Hallyu wave may have gotten smaller but it's not over. And as far as G-dragon being criticized, he's made similar statements in the past and while a few conservative fans get upset, he still has a huge Japanese fanbase.

BigBlueagain BakaKaori Tuesday, March 7, 2017

So does SNSD. But after the way Tiffany was treated by the Koreans, and then by the Japanese when she tried to placate the Koreans... point is that Japan has the 2nd largest music market in the world. IF China is shutting out KPop and they still haven't been able to make signifigant inroads to the U.S. market, that leaves Japan. And they keep pissing off Japan.

BakaKaori BigBlueagain Tuesday, March 7, 2017

But I don't think Japan is at risk of shutting them out. They aren't pissing off that many Japanese people. And the Japanese govt is very different from the Chinese govt. They wouldn't start banning Korean entertainment just because a few idols pissed off a few people. There was always a vocal minority that hated Koreans, but that hasn't really influenced the majority's opinion of Korea. Japanese people today have a much more positive image of Korea than past generations.

BigBlueagain BakaKaori Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I just wish the same could be said about Korea :(

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